SPNSH231-21A (NET)

Intermediate Spanish 1

15 Points

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Division of Arts Law Psychology & Social Sciences
School of Arts


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Paper Description

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This intermediate language and culture course builds on previous knowledge of Spanish and aims at developing the four language skills –reading, writing, listening and speaking- through interactive learning methods and materials. It also offers a deeper appreciation of the different Hispanic cultures. Using a communicative approach, students will be able to master simple grammatical structures and acquire a good level of cultural competence.

By the end of this course, it is expected that students will be able to communicate in conversational Spanish, to develop a better understanding of grammar structures and enhance their confidence in the four language skills. The equivalent international standard of this course in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages is B1.

This course is a full Web course and is conducted on Moodle with a link to the Mc Graw Hill. ebook MAS

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Paper Structure

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The nature of computer-based courses are completely different from that of the traditional classroom environment, especially in the areas of delivery, course content, and the number of assignments.

Online courses offer two appealing benefits. They provide flexibility with scheduling and location. Course work can be completed at any time or place that you have access to a computer.

However, a computer-based course requires self-discipline, and a willingness to work independently while not having the traditional class discussion.

All of your coursework will be accessed through the Mc Graw Hill eBook Mas third edition. The link for registration is on Moodle. When you purchase the text you will have what you need to access information and multi-media resources

Most of the assignments are automatically corrected and you have as many attempts as you need to master the concepts (and get a perfect score) before the due date. Quizzes are open-book but are limited to 1 attempt. Homework assignments are daily so you can get the practice you need to retain new material. You may work ahead and complete assignments and quizzes before they are due. All late assignments or quizzes will receive an automatic deduction of 2%. As technology is sometimes prone to hiccups depending on the browser or device that you are using, please make sure you give yourself plenty of time to complete all tasks before they are due. All the course work, workbook, LearnSmart, and quizzes can be viewed and accessed through the assignment calendar on the website(Mc Graw Hill). Please check the calendar daily & be aware of due dates!

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:

  • Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

    • Understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance
      (e.g. basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment).
    • Communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters
    • Describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment, and matters in areas of immediate need.
    • Understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc
    • Deal with most situations likely to arise while traveling in an area where the language is spoken
    • Produce simple connected text on topics that are familiar or of personal interest
    • Describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes, and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans
    Linked to the following assessments:
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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam.

Please consult with your instructor if you need further clarification on assessment guidelines.

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Workbook- 4 chapters + Repaso
2. Quizzes-4
3. LearnSmart
4.  Three short Compositions
5. Presentacion- video recording-5min
10 Jun 2021
12:00 PM
6. Final Test
9 Jun 2021
No set time
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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MÁS: español intermedio, 3/e McGraw-Hill

Ana María Pérez-Gironés, Wesleyan University
Virginia Adán-Lifante, University of California, Merced

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Recommended Readings

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Any cultural reading on topics related to the chapters' textbooks.
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Online Support

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Apart from Moodle and Mas materials a few useful links to keep you learning

-In this Blog de la Lengua Española one can find really interesting posts regarding the use of the language. It includes a forum in which participants discuss many aspects of Spanish philology.

-The site Juegos de palabras is an entertaining and enjoyable way to learn curious aspects of the Spanish language. It compiles a great number of amusing anecdotes regarding the tongue.

-NOBLE, or the Network of Business Language Educators, offers a number of fantastic language resources geared specifically towards the business world.

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This paper is worth 15 points, which equals 150 learning hours. Therefore, remember, a computer-based course requires (a bit more) self-discipline, and a willingness to work independently, as it may lack the traditional class discussion.

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Prerequisite papers: SPNSH132 or SPAN132 or 14 credits at Level 3 in NCEA Spanish, or equivalent.




Restricted papers: SPAN231

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